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According to a report issued by the World Commission on Environment and Development, sustainable development is “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Got a great idea about how to turn green into gold? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

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According to a report issued by the World Commission on Environment and Development, sustainable development is “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Got a great idea about how to turn green into gold? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

CAST Names Sir Royston O. Hopkin as Chairman for Fourth Time

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC—In its 2010-2011 election, the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association’s (CHTA) environmental arm, the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST), recently re-elected Sir Royston O. Hopkin, KCMG, owner and chairman of Grenada’s award-winning Spice Island Beach Resort, as chairman of CAST for the fourth consecutive, two-year term. “CHTA is delighted that Sir Royston has been re-elected as the chairman of CAST by the CAST Governing Council,” said Alec Sanguinetti, CD—director general & CEO of CHTA. “Sir Royston has been at the forefront of sustainable tourism issues from the very beginning working tirelessly to ensure the sustainability of the Caribbean...

Willard InterContinental Releases 2008 Sustainability Report

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Washington D.C.’s Willard InterContinental Hotel, a leader in sustainable hospitality, has released its second Sustainability Report. The new report, summarizing its 2008 activities, follows Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC). The report highlights the results of the hotel’s strategy based on the “triple bottom line” of economic prosperity, social responsibility and environmental protection. The report examines the Willard’s environmental and social performance against the previous year’s report of the hotel’s sustainable development initiatives which began in 2005 as “Willard InterContinental, The Next 100 Years.” The new report also benchmarks against the hotel’s first Sustainable Development (SD) Report for...

Bentley Prince Street Receives Third-Party Environmental Product Declaration for Broadloom Products

LOS ANGELES—Commercial carpet manufacturer Bentley Prince Street, Inc. announced that it has received a third-party verified Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for its broadloom products. This achievement marks the first time a North American broadloom carpet product has received an EPD, the international gold standard for illustrating the various aspects of a product’s performance. “The significance of this EPD verification is the amount of detail and transparency required, providing the most accurate, objective picture available of a product’s true environmental impact,” said Anthony Minite, president of Bentley Prince Street. “This is the best impartial tool available to provide customers with a...

Renewable Choice Introduces Green Your Event Offset Program

BOULDER, CO.—Renewable Choice Energy, a national provider of renewable energy credits and carbon offsets, has launched Green Your Event to empower meeting and event planners at hotels and event centers to support wind power and carbon reduction by offsetting event facilities, attendee travel, and more. A number of boutique and hotel chain branches kicked off the program last month including Chicago’s Talbott Hotel, Marriott’s Fairfield Inn & Suites, Baltimore; DoubleTree Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and the Hotels Parisi and L’Auberge Del Mar in La Jolla, Calif. “We chose to be a Green Your Event partner because the program allows us to...

My Emissions Exchange Provides Way to Earn Cash for Credits

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.—My Emissions Exchange announced the start of a new global market for individual households and businesses to reduce their personal carbon emissions and be eligible to earn money for their efforts. On MyEex, members first measure their personal carbon footprint and learn ways to reduce emissions. Once reductions are made, as verified by the user’s utility bill, the reductions are certified by MyEex. MyEex then sells the credits on the voluntary market, and the member earns money from the sale of their carbon credits. Membership in MyEex.com is free. My Emission Exchange’s approach to carbon...

Six Senses’ Reforestation Project Off & Running in Northern Thailand

BANGKOK, THAILAND—As part of its commitment to mitigate climate change, Six Senses—a leading luxury resort and spa development and management company—has joined aid agencies, governments and private companies in supporting carbon emission mitigation projects. The aim of its latest initiative, Six Senses Reforestation Project, is to curb the threat of severe climate change caused by human-made hydrocarbon emissions and greenhouse gases caused by the burning of fossil fuels. Six Senses Reforestation Project has planted the first 300 trees in northern Thailand in association with the UNESCO approved Earth Charter Foundation. By planting trees on deforested land, Six Senses offsets carbon...

Dubai Dept. of Tourism Launches Carbon Emissions Reduction Initiative

DUBAI, U.A.E.—The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has launched an initiative to reduce carbon emissions (CO2) in the region’s hospitality industry by 20 percent by the year 2011. The launch is together with the Dubai Green Tourism Award which will be in line with World Environment Day. The initiatives are all part of the department’s sustainable tourism agenda for the emirate. The Dubai Green Tourism Award, to be presented in December 2009, is expected to attract 200 hotels from three, four and five stars and deluxe hotel apartments that are eligible to compete for the annual honors. ...

MPI’s Education Congress Includes Slate of Sustainability-Related Events

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH—Sustainability will have a prominent place on the agenda at the Meeting Professionals International’s (MPI) World Education Congress, to be held July 11 to 14 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City. Eight educational sessions will touch on topics such as corporate social responsibility and green meetings, and attendees will have an opportunity to participate in a community service project. MPI has incorporated the principles of the first sustainable event standard, British Standard 8901, into the Salt Lake City event. This includes planning for the event, on-site implementation of the event, and a...

Lutron, Exceptional Innovation Partner on Guestroom Technology

COOPERSBURG, PA.—Lutron Electronics Co., Inc., and Exceptional Innovation have announced a partnership that combines Lutron technology with interface and integration software created by Exceptional Innovation. This new solution merges all guestroom technology into one integrated system, offering hotel guests pushbutton control of lighting, window treatments, HVAC, and more through a personalized interface. The Lutron Hospitality Solution also directly connects guests to every service and profit center in the hotel, so they can instantly make restaurant reservations, book spa appointments, contact the concierge, even reserve tee times—all through the same intuitive interface. Plus, the solution brings guests the latest information regarding...

Great Addresses Greens Energy Purchase, Buys Wind Power

WASHINGON, D.C.—World Energy Solutions, Inc., an operator of online exchanges for energy and green commodities, announced that Great Addresses, a leading independent hotel management company in Washington, D.C., has successfully greened the energy portfolios of its flagship properties through transactions on the World Energy Exchange and World Green Exchange. Great Addresses worked with World Energy to first secure a 36-month electricity contract, with 10 percent green power, for its premiere D.C. lodgings, The Carlyle Suites Hotel and The Savoy Suites Hotel. Then, spurred by the savings from that transaction, Great Addresses invested in a three-year strip of Renewable Energy...